Monthly Archives: January 2013

Student of the Month

Meet our new student of the month, Li Juan Zou, Winnie. Her teacher is David Moss from class W2 (Saturday & Sunday 9:30AM-12:30PM).

Watch and listen to Winnie comfortably and confidently answers our interview questions . Winnie also reads one of her favorite poems. Below, you can also read the movie review Winnie wrote for one of her favorite films, Groundhog Day (and watch the movie trailer).

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 Groundhog Day Movie Review

                Groundhog Day’s director is Harold Ramis. The main characters are Phil and Rita. The movie is about Phil, who keeps reliving Groundhog Day. Phil wakes up at 6:00AM every day, he wakes up to the same song and listens to the same news on the radio. At first, he tries to face the same day and tries to end Groundhog Day. He jumps off a building, he gets hit by a car and he electrocutes himself with a toaster in the bathtub, but none of this works. Also he tells his producer, Rita, but she doesn’t believe him. So he tells her about all the people in the town to prove to Rita that he is reliving the same day. Then he tries to enjoy Groundhog Day and falls in love with Rita. He tries to be nice to people he brings breakfast to his co-workers, he learns to play the piano, he does ice sculpting and he catches a kid who falls out of a tree. Finally, Rita and Phil fall in love with each other and Groundhog Day ends. “Today is tomorrow!”

My opinion is that the film’s message is telling us to enjoy our life and bad or good situations don’t really matter. People have a dream, they wonder if they are reliving the same day, there would be no consequences. People could do whatever they wanted. People wouldn’t worry about gaining weight, love handles, cholesterol or eating too much sugar. They wouldn’t worry about accidents because nobody would die. It sounds very funny and beautiful.

I like to watch Phil as he tries to end Groundhog Day and he does some silly things. He tries to enjoy the same day and he is nice with people. I like the song in the movie, “I Got You, Babe”. I would recommend this movie to my friends. I like the film because I also like to daydream.

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Auguries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour

This poem was written by William Blake, it is my favorite poem because it resonants with me. I think people should value what they have and find beauty from small things.

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Free Tax Preparation

Are you paying income taxes this year? If so, there is free assistance available through University Settlement on Saturdays at 189 Allen St. Below is more information in English, Chinese, and Spanish:

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Staff Spotlight: Mary Staub

This month we asked you to submit questions to E4 teacher, Mary Staub. Watch and listen as Mary’s class asks her some of your questions. Listen closely and afterward take the quiz to test your listening and understanding.

 

Take our online test

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MLK Day

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This Monday is an official U.S. holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Martin Luther King was a civil rights leader and preacher, and one of the most important people in American history.

From Simple English Wikipedia:

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) worked hard to make people understand that black people should always be treated equally to white people. He gave speeches and led rallies to encourage African Americans to protest without the need for violence.

One peaceful strategy was for African Americans to have sit-ins. This is where they would sit in a restaurant seat that was supposed to be only for white people. They would politely ask for some food and refuse to leave until someone gave them food. Another strategy that King used was leading boycotts. This is where people would refuse to buy goods or services from people who did not treat white people and black people the same.

Dr. King was born in the Atlanta area on January 15, 1929. He first began to be well-known in 1955 when he led a protest against the way black people were segregated on buses. At that time they had to sit at the back of the bus, separate from white people.

In 1963, a civil rights march in Washington, DC happened that made King even more famous. It was officially called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was held on August 28, 1963. The final speaker was Martin Luther King, Jr. He made his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech which was heard throughout the world.

Here is Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech:

To read his speech, click here.

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Free Flu Shots

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Just in case anyone is looking for free flu shots, they are available at Access Community Health Center, located at 86 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor. No appointment is necessary.

Their office is open:
Monday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursdays 11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (By Appointment Only)

A/C trains to Broadway Nassau
4/5 trains to Fulton Street
2/3 trains to Wall Street
JMZ to Fulton Street

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

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Pay Attention to Your Tongue!

This post is brought to you by Ken, who teaches Classes 3A and 3B:

Pay attention to your tongue!

Students often, in pronouncing words which contain “l”,  have difficulty in distinguishing between the two qualities of the  “l” sound: the “light” and the “dark.”

Tongue formation for the “dark”  L sound:

The dark l is commonly used at the end of a word or before a consonant sound. If the vowel sound right before the consonant is an “oo”  sound or an “aw”, dark  l is more likely. When you make the dark “l” sound, the tongue is more bunched up,  and the back of the tongue is raised. This is the sound you hear in the words: bell, call and fall.

bell         call          fall

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Tongue formation for the “light” L sound:

light l is generally used at the beginning of a word, especially right before  certain vowel sounds: If the vowel following the L sound is a long “e” or short “i”, a  a light L is more likely to be used.

To create the “light L”  sound, the tip of the tongue is placed against the middle of the tooth ridge. The sound is created when air travels alongside the tip of the tongue, between the front of the tongue and the side teeth.

For example, practice pronouncing the following words and pay close attention to where your tongue touches the ridge behind the upper teeth:

light            listen          only

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To practice the different pronunciations of the light and dark   “L”,   go to this website http://www.howjsay.com/   and type in the  following words:

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With a little luck and a lot of labor you will love the light and dark “l”!

Remember:  Pay attention to your tongue!

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